Since the ancient days of Alexander the Great who claimed ‘The Water of Life,” to Ponce de Leon’s ‘Fountain of Youth,’ people have been obsessed with finding a way to feel and look younger!
The elusive ‘Elixir of Life’ was even named in the Gospel of John as the ‘Pool of Bethesda’ where Jesus heals a man in the waters of Jerusalem. This ‘Eternal Youth’ has become a metaphor for anything that can produce longevity.
Many of us do not ‘think’ in the mindset of our chronological age. We want to keep up with our children and grandchildren, as well as have energy to experience things we enjoy. Today’s modern technology has opened up a world that was closed to us decades ago.
We communicate with people internationally by internet and phone; we travel the world more economically and in less time. The age of computers bring an array of activities, clubs, events, camps, vacations, seminars, etc. for our choosing.
Let’s face it, we NEED more energy just to keep up with technology, and the competitive nature of business which is dominated by youth, makes many of us middle aged and baby boomers feel pressured to act and look younger.
We can’t change our age, but we CAN change the way in which we age.
There is a Fountain of Youth right at our fingertips and it is affordable and easy to access. It’s called EXERCISE!
Yes, simple exercises will not only keep you looking and feeling young, but it will bring back pleasure and play to your lifestyle. Need proof?
Here are some benefits of exercise:
- Reduces the risk of dying from heart disease and cancer by more than 50%.
- Plays a significant role in preventing and even curing diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, insomnia, obesity, and stress.
- Increases circulation, raises immunities, increases oxygen flow and the body’s ability to heal.
- Creates bonds between family and friends, parents and children.
- Removes boundaries and barriers of age, religion, race, sex, and position in society and promotes camaraderie, community and friendship.
- Leaner, lighter, firmer, shapelier, stronger, agile and flexible bodies.
- Smarter, clearer, alert, confident, energetic, optimistic minds.
- Better moods, less stress and frustration.
- More control of your life.
- Motivates you to eat healthier, drink less alcohol, quit smoking.
- Helps with the ability to compete and cooperate.
- Increases creative thinking and problem solving abilities.
What defines Exercise? MOVEMENT.
Any movement is a great start. Based on your current physical condition, it can be a simple stroll in your neighborhood, a bike ride in the park or running a marathon! The key is – MOVE IT OR LOSE IT!!
See you out there! For more information on exercise and diet go to InBetweenAthlete.com. Dawn offers personal training, nutritional counseling, free resources and recipes